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February 2018 Chapter Meeting

Problem Solving and Creativity


Date:     February 13, 2018

                             5:30 check-in

                             6:00 dinner served

                             6:30 presentation begins

                             8:00 meeting ends

Speaker: Victor W. Goldschmidt, Ph.D

Place:  Two Deep Brewing Company

714 N Capitol Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46204



There is a dramatic difference between the problem-solving techniques presented to us in formal engineering courses and the skills that are called for in actual practice. These differences will be outlined, leading towards a special focus on the need for cooperation between creativity and problem-solving in engineering applications. The lecture will present the general steps in problem-solving of definition, recasting, ideation, convergence, and validation/implementation. The lecture will end with a listing of “pet-peeves” which will include confusing cause and effect and violating the scientific method.

PDH: 1.5 Hours of Professional Development will be available for the meeting.

Victor W. Goldschmidt, Emeritus Mechanical Engineering Professor, served at Purdue University from 1964 through 2000. He is currently serving as a Leelanau County Planning Commissioner as well as a facilitator and engineering consultant. During his 36 years at Purdue University, Mr. Goldschmidt was responsible for educating mechanical engineering students, including the direction of graduate research in the HVAC area. Most of his service with graduate students was with the Ray W. Herrick Laboratories with heavy support from the HVAC industries. During early stages of his career, he served as Director of the Engineering Purdue Fellows in Latin America; during later stages he served as department head for Freshman Engineering. Prior to his academic involvement, he worked in Applications Engineering and Development Engineering with Honeywell. Mr. Goldschmidt has taught almost every course in thermal sciences offered at Purdue, as well as a special upper level technical course on the “Creative Process in Engineering.” He is trained as a Synectics (special brainstorming) facilitator and is currently engaged in the development of strategic plans and problem solving sessions. A past ASHRAE Director-at-Large, he also has served as a member of Publishing and Technology Councils. He is an ASHRAE Distinguished Service Award recipient and Fellow, as well as Honorary Member of IIR, ACAIRE, ASURVAC and AAF. He resides in North Michigan, above Traverse City.


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